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Redfin Reports Buyers Get Some Relief As New Listings Finally Increase, More Sellers Drop Prices

October 26, 2023 8:00 AM EDT

New listings have posted their first annual increase since July 2022 as some sellers tire of waiting for mortgage rates to come down and others worry that prices will decline

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — New listings of homes for sale rose 0.3% from a year earlier during the four weeks ending October 22—a small increase, but the first since July 2022. That’s according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage..

More homeowners are putting their homes on the market as mortgage rates remain elevated near 8%. Some sellers are accepting that rates are unlikely to meaningfully decline anytime soon and finally parting with their relatively low rates, while others are nervous tepid demand could cause home prices to fall if they wait any longer. It’s also worth noting that new listings were falling fast at this time last year as mortgage rates rose.

Buyers are welcoming even a small uptick in listings after nearly a year and a half of declines. Although many homebuyers are staying on the sidelines, with mortgage-purchase applications down 2% week over week to their lowest level in nearly 30 years, some house hunters are out there. Pending home sales posted their smallest annual decline in a year and a half (though that’s partly because pending sales were dropping at this time last year).

“Some people are selling right now because they’re concerned home values will go down, though that’s definitely not a foregone conclusion,” said Ali Mafi, a Redfin Premier agent in San Francisco. “Others are noticing an uptick in demand and testing the waters. My best advice for homeowners who are selling right now is to be realistic: Even though there are a few more buyers out there, this isn’t 2021. Price your home fairly so it will sell as fast as possible.”

Buyers’ budgets continue to take a hit with prices rising in much of the country and persistently high mortgage rates. Declining affordability has led to price adjustments: Roughly 7% of U.S. homes for sale had a price drop during the four weeks ending October 22, on average, the highest share on record.

Leading indicators

Indicators of homebuying demand and activity

 

Value (if applicable)

Recent change

Year-over-year
change

Source

Daily average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

7.98% (Oct. 25)

Down from 8% a week earlier, but still near its highest level in 23 years

Up from 7.29%

Mortgage News Daily

Weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

7.63% (week ending Oct. 19)

Highest level in 23 years

Up from 6.94%

Freddie Mac

Mortgage-purchase applications (seasonally adjusted)

 

Down 2% from a week earlier (as of week ending Oct. 20)

Down 22% to its lowest level in nearly 30 years

Mortgage Bankers Association

Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index (seasonally adjusted)

 

Unchanged from a month earlier (as of the week ending Oct. 22)

Up 4%

Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index, a measure of requests for tours and other homebuying services from Redfin agents

Google searches for “home for sale”

 

Down 12% from a month earlier (as of Oct. 21)

Down 12%

Google Trends

Key housing-market data

U.S. highlights: Four weeks ending October 22, 2023

Redfin’s national metrics include data from 400+ U.S. metro areas, and is based on homes listed and/or sold during the period. Weekly housing-market data goes back through 2015. Subject to revision.

 

Four weeks ending October 22, 2023

Year-over-year
change

Notes

Median sale price

$369,975

3.1%

Prices are up partly because elevated mortgage rates were hampering prices during this time last year

Median asking price

$384,375

5.4%

Biggest increase in a year

Median monthly mortgage payment

$2,738 at a 7.63% mortgage rate

10%

$5 shy of all-time high set a week earlier

Pending sales

70,325

-7.3%

Smallest decline since April 2022, partly because pending sales fell rapidly at this time in 2022

New listings

81,104

0.3%

First increase since July 2022

Active listings

841,697

-12%

Smallest decline since July

Months of supply

3.5 months

+0.2 pts.

Highest level since February

4 to 5 months of supply is considered balanced, with a lower number indicating seller’s market conditions.

Share of homes off market in two weeks

38.3%

Up from 35%

 

Median days on market

33

-3 days

 

Share of homes sold above list price

29.8%

Up from 28%

 

Share of homes with a price drop

6.8%

+0.1 pt.

Record high

Average sale-to-list price ratio

99.1%

+0.3 pts.

 

Metro-level highlights: Four weeks ending October 22, 2023

Redfin’s metro-level data includes the 50 most populous U.S. metros. Select metros may be excluded from time to time to ensure data accuracy.

 

Metros with biggest year-over-year increases

Metros with biggest year-over-year decreases

Notes

Median sale price

West Palm Beach, FL (13.1%)

Newark, NJ (13%)

Anaheim, CA (12.2%)

New Brunswick, NJ (11.4%)

San Jose, CA (11%)

 

Austin, TX (-5.9%)

Fort Worth, TX (-2.2%)

Houston, TX (-1.6%)

San Antonio, TX (-1.6%)

Tampa, FL (-1.3%)

Portland, OR (-1.2%)

Phoenix (-0.4%)

Declined in 7 metros

Pending sales

West Palm Beach, FL (9.8%)

Orlando, FL (7.5%)

Jacksonville, FL (3.7%)

Fort Lauderdale, FL (2.6%)

Cleveland, OH (1.2%)

Portland, OR (-21.2%)

Sacramento, CA (-18.7%)

Virginia Beach, VA (-18.3%)

Newark, NJ (-16.6%)

Atlanta (-16.4%)

 

Declined in all but 7 metros

New listings

Orlando, FL (18.7%)

West Palm Beach, FL (13.7%)

Miami, FL (13.6%)

Jacksonville, FL (11.4%)

Fort Lauderdale, FL (11.3%)

Atlanta (-24.9%)

Portland, OR (-14.5%)

Nashville, TN (-13.2%)

Columbus, OH (-12.7%)

Chicago (-12.1%)

Increased in 14 metros (5 biggest increases all in Florida)

To view the full report, including charts, please visit:

https://www.redfin.com/news/housing-market-update-new-listings-increase

About Redfin

Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home in certain markets can have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Customers who buy and sell with Redfin pay a 1% listing fee, subject to minimums, less than half of what brokerages commonly charge. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1.5 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 5,000 people.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com. To learn about housing market trends and download data, visit the Redfin Data Center. To be added to Redfin's press release distribution list, email [email protected]. To view Redfin's press center, click here.

Contact Redfin
Redfin Journalist Services:
Kenneth Applewhaite, 206-588-6863
[email protected]

Source: Redfin



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